This book is the yardstick by which I measure all other action thrillers. Independent action, stoic hero, an exhilarating escape sequence, retribution, story within a story; By GOD ! does this book have it all or what. You almost gasp for air when Earl Swagger is in that river struggling with the key. You feel that sense of foreboding when he decides to go after his friend, the emptiness in the description of the village and the realism in the gunfights. Brilliant! Bravo!A must have in an action-thriller lover's book shelf.